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Great Pyrenees Breed Summary

Friendly, Gentle, Protective, Loyal and Alert

These ancient doggies supposedly date all the way back to the Bronze Age and are native to the Pyrenees Moutains in France that also border Spain. They are highly prized in their native country for both the amazing protection skills and trustworthy ways. Some also believe that the breed may also be descendant of the Asia Minor, a large, white coated doggy which found its way to the mountain range whilst travelling amongst travellers and shepherds. However, others believe they could be descendants of Wolves, Mastiffs and Mossoloid Dogs! However, breed clubs believe they are lupomossoloid, meaning no other dogs were used to develop them. They became very popular with the rich nobles and and royals during the 17th century, up to the point that they were considered the Royal Dogs of France! They were also used during WW2 as messenger doggies , as well as supplying supplies to soldiers on the front line! During the 19th century, numbers fell very low, but fortunately, due to breed enthusiasts, they just managed to survive. It's thought they've had a lot of influence on other breeds, including Newfoundlands and Saint Bernards. Nowadays. they are still used as working dogs, to guard livestock from predators, but they also make just as good family pets and companion dogs too, both in their native country and in other parts of the world!

Other Names Pyrenean Mountain Dog, Chien de Montagne des Pyrenees, Pyrenean dog, Patou

Thes huuggee doggies are actually just big, friendly giants, and are exceptionally patient and gentle around younger children. It's for this reason that they make such good family pets. These doggies also take a fair while to mature and will remain puppy-like for up to 4 years! This must be taken into consideration during training and often means they are not the best doggies for first time owners as they can be fairly difficult to handle. However, they do form very strong bonds with their families and will become extremely protective over them, protecting them from all that they can. They also need plenty of socialisation from a young age to ensure they grow into well-rounded and happy doggies. In terms of training, these guys will not respond well to harsh correctional methods and will instead need lots of positive reinforcement. Without this they may become even more disobedient. However, for the right family with a good amount of knowledge and experience with the breed, they make lovely family pets!